**This event is now sold out! However there are still some tickets for the Museums Showoff, an evening of collections-based entertainment in support of the Collections Trust Conference, from 7pm on September 28th**
Those arriving the day before to this year conference are invited to a talk and visit the Digital Scholarship Department at the British Library. Visitors will first be introduced to some of the new ways the British Library are exploring and opening up their collections before being taken to see one of their the digitisation areas where you learn about an international project to digitise 1.5 million pages of archival material. After you will be free to explore their permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The Digital Scholarship Department at the British Library undertake innovative research with their digital collections and data with the help of their Digital Research experts. The visit and talk will be the perfect way to get you thinking about who needs digitised collections ahead of the conference the following day.
When: 28 September 2016 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Where: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Book: Free tickets for conference delegates. Tickets are limited so early booking is advised.
3.00pm Introduction to Digital Scholarship at British Library
The Digital Scholarship Department facilitates the production, use and integration of digital content, services and tools, and stimulates innovative use of the British Library digital collections and data by researchers, creative and entrepreneurs. The talk will highlight some of the digital initiatives and collaborations which support new ways of exploring and accessing our culture heritage collections.
4.00pm – 5.00pm Visit to the Qatar Digitisation Programme studio with an overview
The British Library is working in partnership with the Qatar Foundation and the Qatar National Library to digitise 1.5 million pages of archival material relating to Gulf History and Arabic Science. The digitised content is made available online freely through the Qatar Digital Library (QDL) portal featuring the cultural and historical heritage of the Gulf. It includes archives, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs and much more, complete with contextualised explanatory notes and links, in both English and Arabic. The visit will include an introduction to the Programme, overview of the digitisation workflows and a tour of the imaging studio.
5.00pm – 6.00pm Self-guided walk around the exhibition spaces
After both talks and you will be free to look around the exhibition spaces. The following exhibitions will be open:
Treasures of the British Library
The Sir John Ritblat Treasures of the British Library Gallery hosts more than 200 beautiful and fascinating items: magnificent hand-painted books from many faiths, maps and views, early printed books, literary, historical, scientific and musical works from over the centuries and around the world. Find out more.
Starting with the impact of the Sex Pistols in 1976, the exhibition explores punk’s early days in the capital and reveals how its remarkable influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Find out more.
Tickets holders should arrive at the main entrance of the Library in time for a 3.00pm start. Please note the British Library restrict the size of luggage you can bring with you to airline ‘carry on’ size. See more details.
If you are intending to attend the evening event taking place near St. Pauls please allow for time to travel. It takes approximately 20 minutes to travel there from the British Library.